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First Year Scholarships

HEALD SCHOLARSHIP

All freshman domestic students are eligible for the Heald Scholarship (starting at $10,000). All full-time students will automatically be considered for this merit-based scholarship when their application for admission is reviewed.

DUCHOSSOIS LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS

The Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program is a nationally preeminent, elite scholarship program providing full-tuition with a room and board allowance attracting top students nationwide who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and academic success in their projected field. The Duchossois Family Foundation makes this scholarship possible.

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CAMRAS SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Candidates competing for the Camras Scholars Program, one of IIT's highest undergraduate academic honors, satisfy very high selection standards. Students must demonstrate outstanding academics, involvement in extracurricular activities and dedication to leadership.

Camras Scholars enjoy full tuition benefits, leadership development and enhanced access to research and community service opportunities.

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CROWN SCHOLARSHIP

Each year the Crown Scholarship provides full tuition for five years to one first-year, full-time architecture student. The Crown Scholarship looks for creativity, ingenuity and a desire to study architecture in a historic place like Chicago, IIT, and S. R. Crown Hall. Students need to provide academic credentials and an original freehand drawing. Selected applicants are invited to interview on campus in mid-February with a panel of architecture professionals and college studio faculty.

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M.A. AND LILA SELF LEADERSHIP ACADEMY SCHOLARS

Named for University Regent Al Self and his wife, Lila, the M.A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy Scholarship is a distinguished and prestigious award given to the top applicants to the university that demonstrate exceptional leadership potential.

Learn more about the Leadership Academy Scholars Program

CHICAGO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS SCHOLARSHIP

In honor of their service to the city of Chicago, IIT offers $20,000 annual scholarships to the children and grandchildren of members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department. The Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship is also open to the children and grandchildren of members of the Chicago Paramedic Department.

Learn how to apply for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments Scholarship

COLLENS SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Collens Scholarship provides full tuition and fees to eligible high school seniors with significant need graduating from a Chicago public high school or a Chicago charter high school to attend IIT as a full-time student.

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ILLINOIS TECH/FIRST SCHOLARSHIP

Illinois Tech/FIRST scholarships are awarded to students who actively participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge and the FIRST Robotics Competition. This program attracts candidates that demonstrate a strong academic record, passion for science and technology, and drive to become a leader, entrepreneur or innovator. Recipients of a FIRST scholarship are eligible for a merit scholarship award of $25,000 per year for up to four years (five years for Architecture).

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RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)

All branches of the United States military are represented at IIT. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are headquartered at IIT; the U.S. Army is based at a partner university, but has an on campus office as well. All three branches serve the entire Chicago area.

  • The 195th Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Wing is stationed on IIT's Main Campus in Stuart Building, Room 208
  • The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps office is located on IIT's Main Campus in Stuart Building, Room 217
  • The Chicago Fire Battalion Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program is headquartered on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has their IIT offices on the entire first floor of Farr Hall.

Learn more about the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Institute of Technology merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but will not combine multiple awards.